Mary Baum

Running Coaching

It’s already been a month since I finished the Chicago Marathon – how did that happen? I worked for 18 weeks prior to the race, building my base, watching my fluid intake and being very diligent to my training –  and now 4 weeks have passed.

So what am I up to now??

Well, for starters, I really buckled down on my studying for my NASM exam, and I passed it. Woo hoo! As for running, I have had a lot of people who knew what I was up to when I was training for Chicago ask me, “What’s next on your marathon schedule?” All I have come up with so far is this…

I have nothing planned in the near future. I am signed up for a few half marathons between now and February, but I am not wrapped up in any sort of training plan, and it feels SOOO GOOD! I run when I want to. I swim when I want to. I sit on my butt when I want to. It is an exhilarating feeling to know that I can do everything on my own schedule, and  not because I have a big goal to achieve. Don’t get me wrong – I absolutely thrive off of having a dedicated training plan, but I also know when it is time to back off a bit. I knew after Chicago that I was going to need some time off, so I am taking it. I’m definitely still running of course – I love it and its a huge part of my life!

Luckily my running energy has been focused more on others lately than myself. A couple of weeks ago, I added a new page here on the blog. Run Coaching!

I’ve been coaching a few people for a while now, but have decided to FINALLY announce it here! I continually work so hard to reach all my running goals, and I really want to help others reach their goals too! I am working towards my RRCA Certification, and hope to have it by mid-next year. There are only a few courses offered in my region, so finding a time that works for my schedule has proven to be pretty tough. I feel very comfortable in my ability to coach others in their running endeavors without the certification, however I would like to have it for the future. Check out my coaching page for more detailed information on specific training plans and coaching options!

So running coaching, personal training… I’m quitting my job, right? No way! I love my full-time job way too much for that! Health and Wellness is a big part of my life and I want to take the steps now to make it a permanent fixture, and I think it compliments what I am doing now very well! I still have far too much to learn, and know with some hard work, I can juggle it all.

Let me know if you are looking for some guidance in your running. I would love to help!

2 Responses

  1. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes November 9, 2012 at 7:20 am |

    Awesome, Mary! Lots of changes on the horizon! I haven’t built my 2013 race calendar yet either, although I have identified a few races and triathlons I’d like to do (haven’t registered for anything yet). For now, I’m not following a definite training plan either, and it feels great to take a break!


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